FBI Agent Guilty Of Illegal Gun Sales

El Paso – A federal jury says a suspended El Paso FBI agent is guilty of selling guns without a permit and lying to federal agents about it.

John Thomas Shipley has been suspended from his job since last year. On Wednesday, jurors found him guilty of six counts, including importing or manufacturing firearms and dealing firearms without a license. He also was convicted of four counts of causing a firearm dealer to maintain false records and one count of making a false statement.

Shipley is set to be sentenced July 8. He was accused of acting as a gun dealer while trying to sell guns via an Internet site and buying 54 guns from 2005 to 2008 and illegally selling all but three of the weapons.


Information from: El Paso Times,

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